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The last last-day-of-summer /

by Giles, L. R. (Lamar R.) [author.]; Adeola, Dapo [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]Description: 289 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781328460837; 1328460835.Subject(s): Time -- Juvenile fiction | Cousins -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Juvenile fiction | Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction | Time -- Fiction | Supernatural -- Fiction | Cousins -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | Science fiction | JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General | JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Date & Time | JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues) | JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Bullying | JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men | JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American | JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / General | Adventure stories | Time -- Fiction | Paranormal fiction | Cousins -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | Science fiction | JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General | JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Date & Time | JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues) | JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Bullying | JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men | JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American | JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / General | Science fiction | Time-travel fiction | Action and adventure fiction | Fiction | Juvenile works | Paranormal fiction | Science fictionSummary: "Otto and Sheed Alston are local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. As summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little more time for fun, eve as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man named Mr. Flux appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creature Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town--and each other. The Legendary Alston Boys have always lived in the moment, but if they don't do something fast, they may be living this moment forever."-- Page [2] of cover.
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" The Last Last-Day-of-Summer reminds me that all children deserve to exist in magical spaces where their imaginations and familial bonds will them into heroism. Every single child should have the freedom to be one of The Legendary Alstons. And I, for one, am grateful to Giles, and this brilliant story, for that reminder." --Jason Reynolds, author of Newbery Honoree Long Way Down <br> <br> "The legendary heroes of this legendary book are already legendary when the story begins! From there things can only get legendary-er!" --Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series<br> <br> "Lamar Giles has written an instant classic--readers won't want their time with the Legendary Alston Boys of Logan County to end." --Gwenda Bond, author of the Lois Lane series <br> The Hardy Boys meets The Phantom Tollbooth , in the new century! When two adventurous cousins accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets hidden between the unmoving seconds, minutes, and hours are not the endless fun they expected. <br> <br> Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun, even as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creatures, Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town--and each other--before time stops for good.

"Otto and Sheed Alston are local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. As summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little more time for fun, eve as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man named Mr. Flux appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creature Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town--and each other. The Legendary Alston Boys have always lived in the moment, but if they don't do something fast, they may be living this moment forever."-- Page [2] of cover.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">1 BTSFOASTG First of all, Grandma's teacup-pig calendar lied. It said the last day of summer was September 21. Everyone already knew September was a bad month with no good holiday in sight after Labor Day. Fourth of July was at least two months gone; Halloween was more than a month away.      But the real last day of summer was the last Monday in August. Cousins Otto and Sheed Alston had known this for a while, thanks to the big red circle around the last Tuesday in August. Inside that circle, equally red and in Grandma's handwriting, were the letters BTSFOASTG!      When they asked about it, Grandma said, "It's an acronym. It means 'back to school for Otto and Sheed, thank goodness!'"      The boys began thinking of it as an ACK!-ronym, because it meant back to alarm clocks, and homeroom, and home work . ACK!!      In Logan County, Virginia, summer ended when school started. Tomorrow.      And, thanks to an unfortunate headline in the latest printing of the county's newspaper, Otto was not going to take it lying down. "Wake up!" Otto said. He finished tying his sneakers with jerky, irritated motions and stretched one leg across the gap between their beds, nudging Sheed's mattress with his toe; he'd allowed his cousin to snooze long enough, given the circumstances.      Sheed said, "Ughhh! Stop."      Otto had risen with the sun, eager and upbeat, like most mornings. As was his habit, he padded downstairs in socked feet, eased Grandma's front door open, and plucked the latest issue of the Logan County Gazette off the porch. There was usually some mention of him and his cousin in the folds of the daily paper, some new clipping to collect. The county folk loved reading about their local legends.      But what he saw on that morning's front page would never benefit from his admirable scrapbooking skills.      He'd stomped back upstairs, got dressed in tan cargo shorts and his favorite T-shirt. It was green with big white block letters that read STAND BACK, I'M GOING TO DEDUCE! There was work to do.      "Come on, Sheed. It's the last day."      The angry air from Sheed's nostrils puffed the sheet over his face into a tent. "I know. That's why I want to sleep."      "You only want to sleep because you haven't read this morning's newspaper."      "I don't read any morning's newspaper. What are you even talking about right now?" Sheed burrowed deeper under his covers, like a mole in dirt.      All around, on haphazardly aligned shelves the boys had fastened to the walls themselves, amidst the model cars and their made-up superhero drawings, were souvenirs from all the adventures they'd experienced throughout the season. A mason jar holding a shiny, pigeon-size husk from a Laughing Locust. A lock of banshee hair that sang them to sleep whenever the moon was full. And many more things unique to--​or drawn to--​the strange county in which they lived. Of all the trophies, it was the two Keys to the City awarded to them by the mayor of Fry that filled Otto with the most pride. Until today.      He smacked Sheed's shoulder with the rolled-up newspaper, then peeled back his blanket. "You don't really want to waste time sleeping on our last day of summer--​our last chance to have one more adventure before you-know-what starts." Otto refused to say the S-word. "Do you?"      "Yes!" Sheed covered his head with a pillow.      Otto yanked the cord that zipped their blinds to the top of the window frame, flooding the room with bright sunshine. Sheed threw his pillow. Otto dodged it easily.      Sheed said, "Fine. I'm up. What's with you?"      Now that he had Sheed's attention, Otto unfolded the offensive newspaper for his cousin to see. Sheed read it. Then groaned. Then smacked his forehead. "I can't believe you woke me up for this."      Otto turned the paper so he could reread the worst news ever, unclear why Sheed wasn't more upset. The headline read: EPIC ELLISONS RECEIVE THIRD KEY TO THE CITY!      "They broke the tie," Otto said, his gaze flicking to their meager pair of keys; they somehow seemed duller in this morning's light.      The Epic Ellisons--​a.k.a. twin sisters Wiki and Leen--​were the county's other adventurers. Some might say they were rivals. Not Otto, though. In his mind, the Ellisons were clearly the inferior duo. Otto might have to talk to Mayor Ahmed about handing those keys out willy-nilly. But in the meantime . . .      "Come on." Otto grabbed his notepad and tiny always-there pencil. "The Legendary Alston Boys never sleep late!"      "That nickname's stupid," Sheed said, not meaning it. " This Legendary Alston Boy does sleep late whenever his annoying cousin lets him."      "Exactly." Otto slipped on his backpack, cinching the straps tight against his shoulders. "Like I said. Never." Sheed rounded the corner into Grandma's kitchen and found Otto shoveling a final spoonful of cereal into his mouth. He still wasn't happy being dragged out of bed so early, but had somehow managed to get dressed despite feeling all yawny and stiff. He'd put on jeans that were spotted with permanent grass stains and ripped at the knees, red high-tops, a white T-shirt, and his favorite purple Fry Flamingos basketball jersey (given to him by Fry High School basketball star #00, Quinton Sparks, after Sheed and Otto got rid of the ghost haunting the Flamingos locker room last fall). He flopped into his usual seat while combing a plastic wide-toothed pick through his (admittedly small, but growing) Afro, fluffing it out as far as it would go. First a 'fro. One day, dreadlocks. A solid plan, if he said so himself.      "Don't pick your hair at the table," Grandma said. She faced the stove, never needing to actually see them to know they were breaking some rule or another. "Now, go on and eat."      Sheed ceased his grooming, wedged his pick tight into his thick hair, so only the handle protruded, and dug into a bowl of Frosty Loops. Otto's foot tapped the tile floor impatiently. Sheed decreased his eating speed by half, just to annoy his cousin.      When Sheed finally finished, Otto was on his feet, bouncing and fidgety. "Ready?"      "I guess."      "Hurry up, then."      The skin around Grandma's eyes crinkled as she narrowed her gaze in their direction. She said, "Boys, why you always got to be at odds? One fast, one slow. One say east, t'other say west. Stop all that foolishness." She poked the teacup-pig calendar, her finger right on BTSFOASTG! "That time's going to fly by before you know it, so go on and enjoy your day, and each other."      But Grandma was wrong. The time wasn't going to fly by, and they would not be enjoying the day because things were about to get stranger than usual in Logan County.      The Legendary Alston Boys just didn't know it yet. Excerpted from The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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African American cousins Otto and Sheed Alston are local legends in their small Virginia town, often featured in the Logan County Gazette for their daring exploitsgetting rid of ghosts, disposing of the Laughing Locusts, solving the Mystery of the Woman in Teal, and even taking down the Dastardly Dummy of Denos. But like many kids, they are wishing for just one more day of summer vacation before the school year begins. They get their wish when they accidentally freeze time and find themselves and their town visited by denizens from the interdimensional community, including the nefarious Mr. Flux, followed by a man with dark goggles and coiled dreadlocks who drops out of a time portal; monsters called Time Sucks; and all manner of Clock Watchers, who manage time but are out of work now that theres no time to manage. Otto and Sheed must unstick time and return Logan County to normalcy. In his debut middle-grade novel Giles (a founding member of We Need Diverse Books) presents a page-turning magical fantasy adventure with broad appeal in which his protagonists must use their considerable talents to save not only their town but also themselves. dean Schneider March/April 2019 p 80(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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